This is all so sad!
Officials have released new details about this morning's horrible shooting at LAX, and the situation is just as tragic as we feared.
In a press conference just minutes ago, L.A.'s mayor Eric Garcetti said:
"An incident occurred at the airport with a shooter who was actively involved in Terminal 3… [There was an] excellent and coordinated response [by police and emergency responders.]
The mayor also cautioned locals to "stay away from the airport" for logistical reasons. He also said people shouldn't worry about the safety of loved ones who were at the airport that they can't get in touch with because "those folks may be in the air right now."
The gunman, who reportedly operated alone, used an assault rifle.
Chief of Airport Police Patrick Gannon described how the incident went down. He explained:
"[The shooter] pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal. He proceeded into the screening area and continued shooting, and went past the screeners back into the airport itself. LAX police responded immediately… and were able to successfully take him into custody."
It's unclear to what extent the suspect may be injured, but Gannon implied one of his officers was justified in using his gun.
Other news agencies report that the suspect is a man in his early 20s, a U.S. citizen, and possibly has ties to the TSA, but officials were asked about that specifically and refused to confirm any of it.
Again, if you partied hard last night and are just waking up, there was a deadly shooting this morning at Los Angeles International Airport and an entire terminal was evacuated.
News agencies are reporting that one TSA agent was shot and killed and that three more are being treated at UCLA Medical Center (with one in critical condition), but officials are not confirming that at all.
Either way, our thoughts and our prayers go out to everyone affected by this horrible occurrence.
We'll bring you more info as it becomes available…
[Image via NBC.]
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